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Lancashire Cricket submits plans for prestigious Farrington Sports Center

Farrington View towards the Pavilion – Impressions of the Artist Photo: Lancashire County Council

A planning application has been submitted to build a new high-quality sports facility in the county centre.


Led by the Lancashire County Council, the proposed Lancashire Cricket development will bring together elite and community cricket on the grounds of Farrington, a village in the South Ribble district.

The aim is to replace Emirates Old Trafford with a new year-round facility that will host a number of men’s and women’s competitive matches each year and provide a new training base for Lancashire’s men’s and women’s teams.

If the plans are approved, the new facility will become a Center of Excellence for women’s cricket in the Northwest, furthering the growth of cricket in the region.

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County Councilman Philippa Williamson, leader of the county council, said:

“These are exciting propositions and we are particularly pleased that these facilities will help encourage more people, including young people, to participate in sport.”

In addition to providing clubs with first-class training facilities, it will also be available year-round to the community, including local cricket clubs and schools.

The new facility will help support greater health and well-being opportunities through active participation in sport and help the Lancashire Cricket Foundation to support national sports such as All Stars Cricket (Ages 5-8) and Dynamos Cricket (Ages 8). help deliver a successful cricket program. -11).

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In addition to providing new sports facilities, this development will create up to 30 new jobs and jobs created during the construction process, as well as training and skills opportunities.

Lancashire Cricket Chairman Andy Anson added: In the center of Lancashire.

“With the volume of international and domestic cricket (men’s and women’s) held at Emirates Old Trafford, the need for a second ground is pressing. The development provides our team with a fantastic elite facility that can also be used for recreational cricket and the wider community.

“Following public consultations with local residents, we have made a number of changes to our plans.

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Public consultations were held in December and January. Consultations were also held with representatives of the national governing body of cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The practice net has been moved closer to the pavilion building and positioned lower than Fowler Lane to reduce visual impact. This puts the main structure and building together. Acoustic fences help reduce noise levels to nearby properties.

County Council-owned Farrington’s proposed site is on the A582 Farrington Road on the west side of Stanifield Lane, just off the M65 and M6.

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The proposal has been meticulously designed to respect the Greenbelt environment in order to maintain an open, green environment and protect the comfort of neighbors.

New tree plantings, landscaping and green spaces provide an attractive setting and offer screening of local real estate.

Lancashire County Council Minister for Economic Development and Growth, Ms Aidy Ligott, said: Since then, we’ve made changes to the practice net based on feedback we’ve received from the ECB and others.

“We would like to thank everyone who gave their input to help shape these exciting plans.

This location was identified as a priority location after considering the new facility’s requirements, including location, access, and required space.

For more information on the plan, visit the Lancashire County Council website.

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